Archway Theatre tackles George Bernard Shaw’s controversial classic

Mrs Warren's Profession
Mrs Warren's Profession

The Archway Theatre Company is tackling a controversial play by George Bernard Shaw for its next production.

Written in 1898, Mrs Warren’s Profession was banned from public performance until 1925.

The production was considered to be against public decency for dealing with issues such as incest, illegitimacy and prostitution.

Vivie has been brought up by strangers paid to look after her. Her mother, Mrs Warren, visits once a year to pay bills and organise Vivie’s life. However, Vivie does not know anything about her mother’s life, who her father is or what business her mother conducted abroad.

Vivie’s education is now complete and she wants answers to her questions. But when she receives them she is shocked by the revelations and has to make some hard decisions about her future, not necessarily in the direction her mother had hoped for.

The show runs from March 24 to 28 and March 31 to April 4. Performances start at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £8.50 for members or £10 for non-members.

The Archway Theatre Company is also holding auditions for its July production of Fawlty Towers.

Meet in the theatre’s bar at 7.30pm on Monday, April 6.

Visit to find out more or to book tickets for Mrs Warren’s Profession.

Call 0333 666 3366 for phone bookings (Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm). Phone bookings incur a booking fee of £1.50 and are handled by TicketSource.

The Archway Theatre is located on The Drive, Horley, just below Horley railway station.